The Health Workforce Minimum Data Set (MDS) provides basic, minimum, consistent guidelines for fundamental health workforce survey questions. The MDS questions focus on characteristics in three key areas: demographics, education, and practice.
Most states that collect health workforce supply data follow Minimum Data Set (MDS) guidelines on the questions they ask. However, some states collect additional data on their health workforce. This brief summarizes state health workforce data collection efforts that go beyond the MDS.
This report discusses the behavioral health workforce MDS instrument that was developed by the Behavioral Health Workforce Research Center, exploring demographics, licensure and certification, education and training background, occupation and area of practice, and practice characteristics and practice settings.
This presentation provides an overview of the MDS, discusses one state’s efforts to integrate MDS questions into a health workforce monitoring system, and provides examples of analyses based on MDS data.